WHEREAS, a severe storm occurred in the State of Michigan on May 21, 2004, causing electrical outages; and
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of State has recognized this storm as an emergency situation justifying an emergency exemption from certain federal motor regulations for certain utility repair vehicle contractors, pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, 49 C.F.R. part 390.23; and
WHEREAS, one such company, PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc., is a Missouri contractor whose vehicles may be subject to regulation in the state of Missouri during the period of this emergency; and
WHEREAS, 49 C.F.R. Part 390.23 authorizes the Governor of a State to declare an emergency and exempt motor carriers or drivers operating a commercial vehicle from parts 390 through 399 of the regulations codified at 49 C.F.R.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BOB HOLDEN, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri as well as 49 C.F.R. Part 390.23 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, hereby declare that a regional state of emergency exists because of the need to speedily repair electrical outages by various contractors, including a Missouri contractor. This Order shall be effective immediately and shall continue through the duration of the emergency as determined by the State of Michigan or 14 days, whichever is less.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 28th day of May, 2004.
[Bob Holden's signature]
[Matt Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE